Gwen Canney from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is using her STEM skills to reach new heights in Girl Scouts! The high school student recently joined the Girl Scouts of the USA program series, Girl Scouts at Home, and is helping girls across the nation explore their abilities and interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Gwen’s video covers the dynamic qualities of light by creating a spinner called a Newton Disk.
“I'm a visual learner so I like to see things being done,” she says. “I know it'll be very helpful for other girls to have a step by step video helping them along in that part of the badge.”
Gwen was approached to join the Girl Scouts at Home program because of her interest in astronomy. She recently founded Solar Sisters, an exclusive club for girls in middle and high school. Members of Solar Sisters applied for the Reach for the Stars NASA program and was one of only 10 teams across the nation selected to visit the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Over the summer, the group traveled to NASA center northeast of Washington, D.C. Through a tight schedule, beginning at 7 a.m. every morning, the girls were immersed in space science courses. From group activities to lectures from NASA scientists to great lunches in the NASA cafeteria, Gwen saw first-hand what life is like as a space scientist. After the program wrapped up, she took the opportunity to explore our Nation’s Capital. Visiting museums, trying new foods, and viewing important monuments like the Lincoln Memorial, made the summer program the opportunity of a lifetime. Until then, of course, she claimed national success with her Girl Scouts at Home Space Science Researcher program.
“I honestly think it is SO COOL,” says Gwen. “If it wasn't for Girl Scouts I wouldn't have experienced all of these amazing things that I have. It makes me feel special and important to be able to be on the national level TWICE! And I really hope more opportunities come with that in the future. I just applied for the Girl Advisory Board because I've gained the confidence through all my experiences.”